Why You Need to Prepare Your Organization with a Cybersecurity Framework to Be Protected in 2021
We Work Under the NIST 800-171 Cybersecurity Framework Guidelines to Ensure Our Clients are Able to Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover
What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
and Why Should You Care About NIST 800-171?
Introduction to NIST Compliance
Back in 2013, Executive Order (EO) 13636 directed the executive branch of the United States to do the following:
- Develop a technology-neutral voluntary cybersecurity framework
- Promote and incentivize the adoption of cybersecurity practices
- Increase the volume, timeliness and quality of cyber threat information sharing
- Incorporate strong privacy and civil liberties protections into every initiative to secure our critical infrastructure
- Explore the use of existing regulation to promote cyber security
The framework developed by NIST consists of standards, guidelines, and practices that organizations can use to develop a flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective strategy for cybersecurity.
Understanding the Primary NIST Cybersecurity Framework Components
The Cybersecurity Framework consists of three main components: Implementation Tiers, the Framework Core, and your company Profile:
Tiers describe to what degree your organization’s cybersecurity risk management practices reflect the Framework’s core categories.
The Tiers range from informal, reactive responses to more agile and risk-informed:
- Tier one: Partial
- Tier two: Risk informed
- Tier three: Repeatable
- Tier Four: Adaptive
The Tiers you select should describe how well integrated your cybersecurity practice is with your organization’s broader risk decisions. That is, make sure that your Tier meets your organizational goals, reduces cybersecurity risk to acceptable levels, and can be consistently implemented.
NIST compliance is an ongoing process.
Why Should You Consider a Compliance Checklist for Building a NIST-Based Framework for Your Organizations?
Any non-compliance of the NIST 800-171 mandate can lead to potentially devastating consequences, regardless of your industry.
For manufacturers, particularly those with Department of Defense (DoD) contracts that need to adhere to DFARS or CMMC requirements, any level of non-compliance can result in a loss of those government contrast and potential debarment. This means your organization could lose the ability to acquire these contracts in the future.
For financial institutions or accountants, you run the risk of losing your licenses to practice if you are found to be non-compliant with FINRA and IRS regulations. The FTC Safeguarding Tax Payer Data Rule requires a cybersecurity framework to maintain compliance.
For any healthcare practices, a lack of HIPAA compliance can also lead to costly consequences and potential lawsuits (at best).
Educational institutions can also lose government contracts and funding for not maintaining compliance.
Because of how serious some of these repercussions are, a compliance checklist could be the easiest way to ensure you don’t miss a step when setting up your cybersecurity framework. The NIST 800-171 mandate outlines 110 difference “areas” of compliance within 14 categories and subcategories. With that in mind, it’s clear a precise method and organizational tool is the best way to make sure everything goes smoothly.
3-Step Process to Ensuring NIST Compliance
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Why Should You Invest in Cybersecurity Assessments?
AllConnected Provides NIST 800-171 Based Cybersecurity Assessments, including Risk Assessments, Vulnerability Assessments, and Cybersecurity Maturity Assessments
Cybersecurity Assessments Help You to:
- Get closer to regulatory compliance requirements by evaluating your compliance controls and revealing your full range of risk exposure.
- Identify gaps in your security program using “Gap Analysis” to show the difference between where you are at and the industry regulation you are trying to reach.
- Discover unrealized assets like your databases, web applications, digital platforms, and potentially infrastructure you aren’t always aware of. Any unmonitored, unpatched assets lead to the possibility of vulnerabilities.
- Identify vulnerabilities so you can plan ahead and reduce the likelihood of a breach
- Establish your security baseline so you better understand your security controls and set your organization on a clear path toward compliance.